5 things you'll see at TPA for Super Bowl LV
Can you smell that? Mustard? Beer? Newly painted turf?
Super Bowl LV is just a couple of weeks away, and like most of the Tampa Bay region, Tampa International Airport is ready for the big game. But what does it really mean to host something as big as the Super Bowl? Well, here are five things you'll see at TPA centered around professional football's final meeting of the season on Feb. 7.
1. Super Bowl merch
Want to be the first in your friend group to sport the winning team's attire? Tampa International Airport very well might be the first place in the region to have your official Super Bowl LV merchandise.
TPA will have the winning team's merchandise available as soon as the game ends at Tampa Bay Sports on the third floor of the Main Terminal. With one-hour free parking in our garages, you can come in anytime and stock up on your big game swag.
In addition to Tampa Bay Sports, we will also have several pop-up shops with all things Super Bowl LV, including the Main Terminal's Shoppes at Bayshore and our post-security newsstands.
2. Curbside Check-in
You've seen the Remote Bag Check at the Rental Car Center, but for the Big Game, we're bringing it to our Main Terminal curbsides! That's right - check your luggage right at the curb on Monday, Feb. 8 at the Red or Blue departures curbsides. This service will be $5 per reservation for passengers regardless of the number of bags and will allow a simple, seamless bag-check process.
3. Traffic - lots of it
Typically, Super Bowl brings huge crowds and a great amount of traffic, but things are a bit different this year with COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of fans at Raymond James. That being said, we're still expecting a pretty busy day with both foot and vehicle traffic at the Airport. We're anticipating nearly 5,000 pick-ups throughout the week prior to the game and as many 30,000 arriving passengers each day leading up to the game.
4. Helping hands
Over the course of the week before the game, TPA plans to have more than 1,800 volunteers at the Airport assisting passengers and visitors. Volunteers will flood all three levels of the Main Terminal from Baggage Claim to the Transfer Level. Not sure where you're headed? Looking for something specific? Find one of our volunteers in a Super Bowl polo and they'll be more than happy to assist you.
5. Human Trafficking awareness signs (and lots of them!)
This year, we've partnered with It's a Penalty to increase awareness of human trafficking in the Tampa Bay region. We encourage passengers and visitors to team up with us by using the "see something, say something" approach.
Things to look for include:
- Someone whose movement seems to be restricted by someone else
- Someone in possession of a potential victim's ID or travel documents
- A potential victim might act fearful, anxious, tense, nervous or avoid eye contact
- A potential victim might defer to someone else to speak for them
- A potential victim might look malnourished or show signs of abuse
What should you do?
If you notice any of these signs, contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (1)888-373-7888 or call 911. You can also submit an anonymous tip here.